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Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

  

Star Citizen Refund Story Disputed

Ars Technica has a statement from Cloud Imperium Games refuting the claim that a consortium had secured a $45,000 refund for Star Citizen. Their side of the story contradicts most of the details from the original report, and the account that posted the refund story has since been deleted. Here's word:

[Update: Cloud Imperium spokesperson Dave Swofford tells Ars that "a lot of the information was fabricated" in the Reddit post discussed the below. Swofford says the account in question was issued an individual refund of $330, not the $45,000 claimed in posted screenshots and videos which Swofford says do not reflect actual complaints requests logged by the company. What's more, Swofford says the refund was handled "in a timely fashion" with "no extended debate over whether we should."

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Released

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is now officially available on GOG.com and Steam, following an early access run for Larian Studios' RPG sequel. A new feature trailer is online with a look at what to expect, and there's also a Kickstarter Update #44 video covering the release. Here's word from their release announcement:

Almost exactly two years after we launched our most successful Kickstarter ever, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is now out!

We've poured our hearts and souls into this game, and we are so, so excited to see what the world makes of it.

It's been an incredible journey, but of course none of this would be possible without the support we've had along the way. Our unending thanks to each of the 42,713 Kickstarter backers who put their faith in us two years ago, and to every player that explored Fort Joy during last year's Early Access. Without your trust and without your feedback none of this would be possible.

But of course, the journey's not over. Indeed, for you it's just beginning...

Continue here to read the full story.

Get Psychonauts for Free

As the big end of summer sale on The Humble Store rolls along, the Humble Store is offering everyone a free copy of Psychonauts for the next couple of days. This will be yours to keep, and no purchase is required for this 100% discount, though you will need a free Steam account as well, since that is how this is redeemed. Here's a quick refresher on Double Fine's platformer:

This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin. In his quest to join the Psychonauts--an elite group of international psychic secret agents--he breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. But this is no average psychic summer camp! A mysterious villain has kidnapped Raz’s fellow campers and stolen their brains. Now he must use his psychic powers of Telekinesis, Levitation, and most of all his ability to project himself into the minds of others--to find the loose noodles and keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Fight mental demons! Uncover hidden memories! Sort emotional baggage! Explore the fantastic realm of the inner mind! Join the Psychonauts!

Call of Duty: WWII PC Multiplayer Beta This Month

Activision announces multiplayer beta testing of Call of Duty: WWII for Windows will run on Steam from September 29th through October 2nd. The Sledgehammer Games Blog has all the details on what to expect. Here's a bit, including system specs:

The PC Open Beta is just a small part of the full Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer experience coming to Steam in November. This test is a critical step on our road to delivering the best possible online experience on Steam at launch in November, with the following key goals:

  • Stress test core gameplay systems and online backend infrastructure at scale
  • Provide PC fans with their first hands-on experience of the boots-on-the-ground combat coming in Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer
  • Engage with the PC community to fine-tune and optimize the PC experience for November


Here are the minimum PC specs you’ll need to play in the Beta test. Please note that these specs are for the Beta only. In our next update, we’ll share the recommended PC specs for the Beta, since we’re finalizing this part of our testing as we speak.

Min Spec:
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 3225 or equivalent
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD: 25 GB HD space
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 @ 2 GB / AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 @ 2GB or better
DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

These specs could change following the PC Open Beta, so we’ll share the final specs closer to launch.

Overwatch Free Next Weekend

Blizzard announces Overwatch will be playable for free on all platforms from September 22 to September 25. This will offer access to the full game all its unlocks, and those who buy the multiplayer shooter after their sample can keep all their progress. Here's word:

Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.

From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.

Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

100M Take Fallout Shelter

Bethesda.net announces over 100 million users have played Fallout Shelter across Windows, Xbox One, and mobile devices. They offer an age-gated (for no apparent reason) infographic chock full of large numbers, though dividing these by 100 million takes some of the glory out of this, showing the average user has started two quests and crafted one weapon. They celebrate the milestone with a five-day giveaway starting tomorrow:

Bethesda Game Studios is celebrating this incredible milestone with a special 5-day giveaway that begins tomorrow, September 15. Overseers can login each day of the celebration to receive significant daily rewards that will add up to $10 of in-game loot, including Lunchboxes, Nuka-Cola Quantum, and special items to help survive the Wasteland.

Onward Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is now underway for Onward, an military virtual reality shooter that's currently in early access. The game is free until Sunday afternoon and on sale until Monday afternoon. Here's word on the game, which requires either an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift:

Onward is a Mil-Sim paced tactical multiplayer shooter, being developed for virtual reality head mounted displays. Players will use coordination, communication, and marksmanship skill to complete objectives in online infantry combat. With dynamic time of day, weather effects, and multiple environments and scenarios, no skirmish will feel the same. With limited respawns, no HUDs, and no crosshairs, players will need their wits and combat skills to survive.

Become fully Immersed in the firefight.

Dead by Daylight Free Weekend

This is also a free weekend for Dead by Daylight on Steam, coinciding with a 50% off sale on this asymmetrical multiplayer horror game. This post covers the free weekend, and this one announces the addition of Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the game, as shown in this trailer. Here's word on the game:

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and killed.

Continue here to read the full story.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Free DLC

Stardock continues to add new content to Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, announcing the release of new free Juggernaut DLC. This comes along with a new patch to update the real-time strategy game to version 2.5. This forum post covers both releases, offering patch notes and a release trailer for the DLC. Here's word:

Today, Stardock released the v2.5 update and free Juggernaut DLC for its massive-scale RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation. The update includes improvements to modding, sight range reworks, unit speed increases, and more, while the DLC debuts a new Juggernaut for both the PHC and the Substrate factions.

"The PHC Agamemnon and the Substrate Eye of Darkness were both uniquely designed in order to complement our existing Juggernauts," said Escalation designer Callum McCole. "Juggernauts are definitely late-game killing machines, but they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Players will have to consider how they put their armies together around these warships in order to win."

To learn more about how the new juggernauts will interface with existing units, visit this unit profiles post on the forums. The two new warships in the Juggernaut DLC are:

  • PHC Agamemnon: Designed to annihilate swarms of enemy units and overrun defensive positions, the Agamemnon has the potential to hold territory against waves of enemies for long periods of time. It's powerful, but take care when you deploy this ship - it lacks the armor piercing capabilities to be effective against other juggernauts or dreadnought destroyers.
  • Substrate Eye of Darkness: The ultimate manifestation of the Substrate's technological superiority, the Eye of Darkness is capable of rupturing the fabric of space and time to destabilize targets at the molecular level. It is devastating against ground units, however, be alert: it is the only Juggernaut that lacks any anti-air weaponry.

The v2.5 update accompanies the new DLC and focuses on gameplay improvements and modding optimization. "Modders are going to really love this update," said McCole. "We adjusted outdated and obsolete reference names to reflect the unit names known to players. Because of this, it'll be easier for modders to find what they're looking for. We want to make modding as easy and intuitive as possible for first-timers and this step is absolutely vital to that."

Continue here to read the full story.

New Elite Dangerous Content This Month

Frontier Developments offers a new trailer called Commander Chronicles: Retaliation from Elite Dangerous, promoting the version 2.4 patch for the space combat game, which is expected on September 26th. This will add the Thargoids to the game, and the cinematic clip offers some hints of how they work, summarized in this reddit thread. Here's the description of the clip:

The Thargoids have attacked. Aegis, humanity’s first line of defence, researches new technologies to oppose the Thargoid threat.

The Initiative have selected Commander Mason and his valiant crew to test these weapons.

It’s time to start fighting back.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Launch Trailer

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is due to launch tomorrow, so Bethesda.net offers the launch trailer from this standalone installment in Arkane's assassination series. This is accompanied by a write-up on the release, along with a series of helpful hints to get players started in the right direction. Along the way they explain that event though this is the third game in the series, they feel it still makes a good starting point for new players:

For those of you who love the series, we hope you’re inspired to revisit the Dishonored series and explore The Empire of the Isles once more leading up to the release of Death of the Outsider. But if you’re new to this series, Dishonored is all about ultra-powerful supernatural assassins navigating a corrupt, decaying steampunk empire, and Death of the Outsider is a standalone adventure that’s a perfect entry point even if you’ve never played a previous Dishonored game.

Continue here to read the full story.

Total War: Warhammer 2 New World Trailer

A new trailer from Total War: Warhammer 2 offers a "welcome to the new world" in the strategy sequel. This is not the new world from the age of exploration, but rather a new new world in the fantasy setting. Here's word:

The New World of Total War: Warhammer II is spectacular, with the jungle city of Hexoatl and Elven haven of Lothern serving as monuments to its great and ancient history. However, chaotic and fierce battles lie ahead. The New World boasts many festering ancient jungles and cold, desolate, isolating lands scarred from anarchic dark magic. Adventurers will sail across the western lands, seeking control of the great vortex and claiming the lands of Lustria, Naggaroth, Ulthuan and the Southlands. Diabolical dark forests, treacherous vast seas and mysterious abandoned ruins will slow your domination of the New World.

Be the first to gaze upon the beauty of the new world, taking in its wondrous sights and plotting your path to victory. The Welcome to the New World trailer, premiers today: https://youtu.be/jF-Tdsdd6MU

The New World in Total War: Warhammer II is realised with a variety of new graphical features to enrich players’ experiences while playing. You can see some of these improvements in this latest trailer, including improved screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) and the new volumetric fog system which produces god ray effects.

Continue here to read the full story.

Train Sim World Great Western Express Released

Steam now offers the Great Western Express expansion for Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul. This requires the base version of the train sim, and both the game and the add-on are offered in a discounted bundle. Here's the launch trailer, and here's part of the announcement:

Operating out of London Paddington, Great Western Express tests your skills as a train driver on one of the busiest railway lines in the UK. You need to maintain your nerve under immense pressure, keeping passengers happy while negotiating bustling networks, adverse signals and tight timetables.

It’s an authentic experience inside and outside the cab, with real-world data powering the performance, sound and feel of the trains. With Dovetail Games’ proprietary SimuGraph® vehicle dynamics engine and Unreal Engine 4® technology behind it, the power behind Train Sim World®: Great Western Express matches the trains on the tracks.

If you are new to train sims, accessible tutorials will teach you everything you need to know, ensuring you have all the skills you need to command the iconic Great Western Railways HST with confidence.

You can test those newly learned skills in Service Mode, which recreates an entire 24-hour timetable based on real activities and lets you experience a full day in the life of a train driver. However, if you just want to unwind and relax, you can just enjoy the views as a passenger.

Continue here to read the full story.

Duck Season Opens

Steam News announces the release of Duck Season, a virtual reality take on the classic light gun game, with its own twists. This requires a Rift or Vive headset, and this launch trailer (thanks Ant) offers a look at what this involves. Word is: "The game of your dreams just dropped, DUCK SEASON, a hunter with ridiculous graphics. Luckily, it's summer vacation and Mom just surprised you with a one day rental of it! Unfortunately, as you binge play it becomes apparent that all is not right with Duck Season..." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Op Ed

Why I deleted my Steam account - GamesIndustry.biz.
"This same approach of course applies to the Steam community, which technically has guidelines, but little interest in enforcing them. Hey, there's a guideline forbidding racism and discrimination, weird. I guess "Nazi Recruitment Group Order#1" (NSFW) with the swastika logo and 76 members has just fallen through the cracks for the last two years. And that user, "F*** Blacks," with a graphic avatar of a man fellating himself? I'm sure he just changed it and I just happened to visit the site in the split-second that was online before he was banned.

Nope, still there.

Oh, and this one, "Whites Only," (NSFW) a group "for any fellow White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and anyone who just hates colored people!" (If you must click through, be warned it only gets more racist from there.) Maybe nobody's noticed them. Oh wait, no, here's a post in the Steam help forums asking people to help ban the group for being racist. Well maybe Valve hasn't seen it. Oh, wait. There's a post from a Valve community mod locking the thread and linking to the support page on how to report abusive behavior."

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

MX vs ATV All Out! Announced

THQ Nordic announces MX vs ATV All Out!, a new installment in the off-road racing series coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One early next year to offer what they call "the complete off-road racing and lifestyle experience." The official website is online, and this includes an announcement trailer with a look. Here's word:

“All Out is the culmination of Rainbow’s decades-long commitment to creating the most comprehensive and FUN off-road racing games!” said Klemens Kreuzer, Managing Director, THQ Nordic GmbH. “Whether your pulling off stunts on your own private compound, exploring wide-open terrain in a UTV, or racing in 16-player online competitions, All Out invites players of all ages and skill levels to experience the freedom of racing and competing off-road.”

In MX vs ATV All Out, choose between bikes, ATVs and UTVs, refine your rider style at your private compound, blast across massive open worlds and compete head to head in various game modes! The all new Freestyle mode allows you to win with style and crazy stunts! Or go All Out and show your riding skills in Multiplayer!

Features:

  • 2 player split-screen and 16 player online modes!
  • Various competition modes including Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, Tag and more!
  • Insane stunt system that tests your limits in freestyle mode!
  • Your own private compound that you can turn into a show room for all of your customized vehicles!
  • Vehicle tuning and upgrades with original performance parts!
  • Rider style! Choose gear from numerous companies or compete with one of the many top professional riders from around the world!

Continue here to read the full story.

Tannenberg 1914-1918 Early Access in November

M2H and Blackmill Games announce Tannenberg 1914-1918, another game set during World War I from the team behind WWI shooter Verdun. The Battle of Tannenberg pit the German and Russian armies against each other in what is now Poland, and true to that, the new game will center on the eastern front. This post says to expect this to come to early access on November 16, and offers an announcement trailer with a look. Here's word on the game, which will carry a discount for Verdun owners:

This will be your chance to experience Tannenberg’s new Maneuver game mode, which sees up to 64 players engage in an unpredictable battle to outflank and encircle enemy positions. Bigger maps, more players and multiple objectives create deep and engaging matches where the tide of battle can turn quickly thanks to smart infiltrations, tenacious defenses, and the occasional last-ditch assault!

Tannenberg is expected to be in Early Access from November 16 until sometime in Q1 2018, and the focus will be on polishing and balance. The price will be $17.99, with a discount for Verdun owners.

Until then, watch this space for more previews and informative Frontline News posts! You can expect a more detailed post on the mechanics of the Maneuver game mode quite soon. If you have other questions, check out the FAQ.

Continue here to read the full story.

$45K Star Citizen Refund?

A post to reddit in a sub-reddit called Star Citizen Refunds claims what seems like it must be the largest game refund in history (thanks Rollory). This says a corporate entity secured a refund for three Star Citizen "Completionist" packages originally purchased for $15,000 each, making the grand total for their refund $45,000. Here's the story:

There was lots of arguing within our guild, but in the end the whales who had contributed the most had the final say, and we refunded our three completionist packages, originally purchased at $15k each, so $45k total refund. We sidelined many other great games and commercial opportunities waiting for Star Citizen, but in the end we can't wait any longer, and a new generation is joining also who have absolutely no interest. The final straw was evidence presented the committee of Chris Roberts blatantly lying, we don't mind the delays but couldn't handle the lies anymore, and it left us wondering what else he is knowingly lying about.

It was a nightmare getting the refund, we are a commercial org and pooled the money to buy the completionist packages, and used a corporate card to buy them, so we had major issues with getting refunded to the same card, paypal and then providing ID. Total it took about 5 weeks to get sorted. A lot of time was spent trying to explain the situation to some woman called "Schala" and just getting the same answers copied and pasted backwards and forwards, they definitely try to delay you as much as possible in the hope you'll forget or give up.

I prefer to remain anonymous as the guild can easily be linked back to my personal identity, and we all know how insane and potentially dangerous the few remaining Star Citizen believers can be. I'll put some juicy screenshots below however.

Thanks for all your help here guys, we couldn't have done it without the support and guidance of this subreddit.

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Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development

A recent forum post from Jeff Kaplan touches on player behavior in Overwatch, saying he had already recorded a developer update on the topic. Now that video is live, offering Jeff's take on toxicity and what can be done to address it. He explains that this has become so problematic that it's actually delaying other updates to the game, ruing the efforts at implementing and improving player reporting, saying he'd rather be improving the game itself. "The bad behavior is not just ruining the experience for one and other," he explains. "But the bad behavior is actually making the game progress, in terms of development, at a much slower rate." On their end, he talks about giving players feedback when they report bad behavior, saying there is a pilot program in place to send users an explanation of actions based on their complaints. Refuting the idea that the reporting system is pointless, he says to date they have disciplined over 480,000 players, and over 340,000 of these actions were directly based on player reports. One of his suggestions is that the community also look inward to try and reduce toxic behavior through introspection, so we can all wait to see if that will happen. Continue here to read the full story.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Cheaters Banned

A tweet from PLAYERUNKNOWN reveals that the banhammer is being wielded vigorously in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, as they are culling cheaters in the battle royale left and right (thanks MP1ST). Word is:

.@TheBattlEye has now banned over 150,000 cheaters from @PUBATTLEGROUNDS, with more than 8,000 banned in the last 24 hours alone! GG WP

PES 2018 and Demo Released

The Windows edition of Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is now available on Steam. The soccer/association football simulation also has an FC Barcelona Edition that comes at a premium. There is a playable demo for those looking to kick around the game for free, and the recent gamescom trailer provides a look at gameplay. Here are details on both versions of the game:

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018 - FC Barcelona Edition Bundle
[PREMIUM EDITION]
A special edition version dedicated to FC Barcelona and PES fans! Get exclusive content for myClub associated with the club!

  • 1x FCB Special Agent
  • 1x FCB Legend Special Agent
  • 1,000 myClub coins

+ bonus myClub content:

  • 4x Start Up Agents
  • 1x Partner Club Agent
  • 10,000 GP x 10 weeks

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PES 2018 new features:

  • Gameplay Masterclass – Strategic Dribbling, Real Touch+ and new set pieces take the unrivalled gameplay to the next level
  • Presentation Overhaul – New menus and real player images
  • PES League Integration – Compete with PES League in new modes including myClub
  • Online Co-op -A mode dedicated to co-op play is newly added
  • Random Selection Match – Fan favourite returns with new presentation and features
  • Master League Upgrade – New pre-season tournaments, improved transfer system, presentations and functionality
  • Enhanced Visual Reality – New lighting, reworked player models and animations covering everything from facial expressions to body movement to bring the game to life

Continue here to read the full story.

Oriental Empires Released

Steam now offers the official release of Oriental Empires for Windows, following an early access run for this 4X strategy game with a somewhat anachronistic title. The game is also available through most major digital stores, and it carries a 20% launch discount. This post has all the news and a launch trailer showing off gameplay. Here's the deal:

Publisher Iceberg Interactive announces the full release of their turn-based grand strategy title Oriental Empires. The game launches today, having spent a year in Steam’s Early Access program.

In Oriental Empires, players will step into the incredible world of ancient China and Mongolia from 1500 BC, and guide the destiny of their people across 3000 years of military, cultural and technological progress.

Play on a huge historical map of China, or on random maps in a custom campaign. Develop your land and cities, conduct trade and diplomacy, develop religions and philosophy. Master the art of peace and war to raise your armies, and use the terrain to plan your battles. Zoom in to watch the action unfold on the map. Challenge up to 15 friends in multiplayer mode, create a civilization and become the Emperor, in this turn-based strategy masterpiece.

Oriental Empires will be available on Steam and all major digital retailers at an SRP of $29.99. Iceberg Interactive are offering a discount of 20% during the week of launch.

The many thousands of players who supported the game in Early Access can discover what final additions have been made to the game, on the Steam forums.

The launch trailer showing off the latest gameplay additions for Early Access players, alongside the key features can be viewed through YouTube.

Continue here to read the full story.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Released

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is now available on Steam, offering a food service simulation for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This offers a diversion from your workday by simulating a whole different kind of work day (unless you already work in a restaurant). This post has details on how the game is changing now that it's emerging from early access, and this video offers a look at gameplay. Here's word on the game:

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is the massive sequel to the surprise best selling original, one of the few games that gives players complete control on how they want to build their restaurant.

Featuring:

  • A 60+ hour Campaign Mode as you build your restaurant from a roach infested eatery to a World Class Platinum Star experience.
  • A new campaign mode called Chef for Hire, where you take jobs within the tower and various restaurants as you gain experience with the large array of foods. This massive new mode spans 350+ levels across 30 restaurants!
  • The return of the classic Management mode where you can build up your restaurant with the menu of your choosing, including decorating your restaurant with nearly one thousand unlockable objects!
  • All new gameplay features and additions, with a greater flexibility of difficulty for those who like it casual or insanely difficult.
  • Over 180 foods, sides, drinks and desserts to choose from, a staggering increase from the 30 foods in the original game.
  • New local co-op mode! The all new split screen co-op feature allows you to play through the entire game with two players, with the ability for players to drop in and out during your progress within the game.
  • All new 1080p native/60fps code.

The development team expects to have all new foods and restaurants after launch, with free content and lots of new features. The team is looking forward to expanding CSD! 2!! in the same vein as we did in the original, and plan to support this game for the months and hopefully even years to come!

Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • My Time at Portia – An Enchanting Sandbox Simulation RPG by Pathea Games — Kickstarter. "Welcome to My Time at Portia, a 3D sandbox RPG adventure inspired by the beautiful aesthetic of Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. My Time at Portia features gameplay elements inspired by the likes of Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, and the Animal Crossing series mixed with Dark Cloud 2 and Steambot Chronicles, while creating its own unique world set in the lush backdrop of what remains of an ancient civilization."

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

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Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

There's Thursday Night Football in the works, so poolers, don't forget your picks. Since both of our pools drop everyone's worst week, this also gives a last chance to get in on the ground floor if you aren't already in. If you want, head over to the pick-em league (password bn) and/or the spread league (password bn2) and join in. I think I'm almost over the trauma of opening night for the Giants.

Picky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Angry Snakes.
Story: Flying coach is a ‘life-and-death’ concern.
Science: Alarming Study Indicates Why Certain Bacteria Are More Resistant to Drugs in Space
Media: How 9/11 changed Disney's Lilo & Stitch.
Casting Out Nines - Numberphile.
Unexpected surprise sitting in bike path.
Follow-up: The new study suggesting sitting will kill you is kind of a raging dumpster fire.
Here Are Cassini's Best Images Of Saturn. Thanks RedEye9.
Martin Martin Shkreli is headed to jail.
The Funnies: Brevity.



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